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NEW YORK BLOOD CENTER

Building Name: New York Blood Center
Building Address: 310 East 67th Street
Architect: ENNEAD
Developer: Longfellow Real Estate Partners
Building Height: 334 feet
Number of Stories: 16
Floor Height: 16-20 feet
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Project Information:
The New York Blood Center released plans in October 2020 to demolish its modest 1930 building on a large through-block site on East 67th Street between First and Second Avenues. Replacing the three-story building would be a 334 foot midblock commercial tower, anchored by the Blood Center on the first five floors, with the rest of the office and lab space leased to partners in the life sciences industry.

Blood Center proposal at East 67th Street

The new building's footprint, larger than the tower of the Empire State Building, will be a massive and bulky presence on the block, towering over its low-rise neighbors, including a branch of the New York Public Library, the Julia Richman Educational Complex across the street, and St. Catherine's Park, one of the only open green spaces in the neighborhood. Most importantly, the applicant seeks to undo the R8B contextual zoning which has protected and preserved the special low-rise character of the Upper East Side side streets for decades, since it was mapped in the 1980s as one of FRIENDS' founders earliest efforts. This project sets a dangerous precedent for every midblock on the Upper East Side.

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